Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum

Redoubt Parade Ground
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For nearly 200 years, the Redoubt Fortress has defended the Eastbourne coast. Formerly a barracks and store depot, it formed part of the chain of Martello Towers which stretched from Folkstone to Seaford.

Today this magnificent building provides the perfect setting for the largest military museum on the south coast. The museum holds the Regimental Collections of The Royal Sussex and The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars and also the Sussex Combined Services.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

16 March to 15 November 2015.

Admission charges

Adult £4.50
Senior/Student £3.25
Child £2.50
Family (up to 5 people) £12*
*must include 1 child under 16


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Free on-street and Pay & Display parking available nearby. Disabled parking bays on Royal Parade. A platform stairclimber suitable for most manual wheelchairs is avaible for access to the museum - please phone to book.

The museum consists of several collections, primarily those of two distinguished regiments of the British Army, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars. The other major collection is that of the Sussex Combined Services Museum, which records all military ties with the county.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Coins and Medals, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Photography, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Royal Sussex Regiment
  • The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars
  • The Sussex Combined Services Collection
  • Eastbournes Home Front
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Richard van Emden

Redoubt Military History Series: Tommy's War with Richard van Emden

  • 12 September 2015 2-4pm

Popular historian Richard van Emden returns with stories from his latest work - what life was like for the ordinary soldier, what mattered to him, and how he survived, both physically and mentally told through the words and images of soldiers on the ground.

In Tommy's War, he gathers some of the very best first-hand material written about the War, some of it published at the time and forgotten, some of it previously unpublished, but all of it wonderfully descriptive and immediate, and often wickedly funny.

Tommy humour, frequently very dark, played a vital part in men's mental survival, particularly in times of great stress. Illustrating these eyewitness accounts with soldiers' own photographs taken on privately owned cameras, often tiny Vest Pocket Kodak's - the smart phones of their day - van Emden has created an entirely new and fresh history of the Great War, giving us a glimpse of 'Tommy Atkins' as he has never been seen before.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£12 / £10 concessions. Ticket prices include entry to the museum, plus tea and coffee during the lecture.



Redoubt Military History Series: Gallipoli with Peter Hart

  • 9 May 2015 2-4pm

One of the most famous battles in history, Gallipoli forced Churchill from office, established Turkey's iconic founder Mustafa Kemal ('Ataturk') and marked Australia's emergence as a nation in its own right.

It had begun as a bold move led by the British to ultimately capture Constantinople, in this talk Peter Hart explains that from the initial landings - which ended with so much blood in the sea it could be seen from aircraft overhead - to the desperate attacks of early summer and the battle of attrition that followed, it was a lunacy that was never going to succeed.

Drawing on unpublished personal accounts by individuals at all levels and from all sides - not only from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, but unusually from Turkey and France too - Peter combines his trademark eye for vivid personal stories with a strong narrative to bring a modern view of this military disaster to today's audience.

Tickets £12 / £10 concessions. Tea and coffee served during the interval.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£12 / £10 concessions. Tea and coffee included in the interval.

Summerdown Camp

Summerdown Camp - late opening!

  • 15 May 2015 6-9pm

The Summerdown Camp exhibition will be open late to celebrate Museums at Night - with the opportunity to meet the museum staff involved in the ongoing research.

Eastbourne Heritage Service is running a fascinating project about Summerdown Camp and the people who worked and convalesced there. The project offers a vital opportunity to reflect and commemorate the lives of the soldiers briefly resident in Eastbourne during the First World War.

The Camp opened in April 1915 and was the first, and at the time the largest, of three purpose built convalescent camps designed for rehabilitation of the wounded from the many horrific theatres of the First World War. The camp was dismantled in 1920 and most of the land has since been redeveloped as housing. The only existing reminders of the camp are in the street names Summerdown Road and Old Camp Road.

Please note, this exhibition is in the Pavilion Cafe and Exhibition next to the Redoubt Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Jaws poster

Fortress Film Screening - Jaws

  • 16 May 2015 7-10pm

This is the 3rd year the Redoubt has hosted a film screening for Museums at Night, and we are proud to present the terrifying seaside classic! Come and explore our Treasure exhibition before heading in to the film screening.

Refreshments available from The Outpost Cafe. Over 12's only.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+



Jeremy Higgins, Military Historian

Redoubt Military History Series: Great War Railway Men with Jeremy Higgins

  • 13 June 2015 2-4pm

The railways were intrinsic to fighting the First World War, whether at home or abroad. On the Western Front and beyond trains ferried men and supplies to and from the front on a staggering scale, ensuring that the war machine functioned without pause. Back in Britain, the railway network shipped millions of tonnes of war material from the factories to the ports, becoming the lifeblood of the war effort.

Despite the importance of the railways, many of those involved in the industry went off to fight in the mud and trenches, on the world's oceans, or in the skies above war torn Europe. Between them, they were awarded 2500 Military medals, 44 Distinguished Conduct Medals, 27 Military Crosses and 6 Victoria Crosses.

Jeremy Higgins narrates the fascinating stories of some of these men, vividly capturing their wartime experiences and pressing home the vital importance of the railways, and those that ran them, to the Allied victory in the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£12 / £10 concessions. Tea and coffee included during the interval.


Nurses on the Western Front

Redoubt Military History Series: British Military Nurses on the Western Front with Sue Light

  • 11 July 2015 2-4pm

There is relatively little written about military nurses during the Great War. What exists is mainly based on a small number of personal memoirs, most of which concentrate on the more dramatic events which occurred in hospitals and casualty clearing stations.

They often say much about the soldiers’ war but little about the life of the nurses themselves who are often portrayed simply as ‘angels’ or ‘heroines.’

Sue Light attempts to give some idea of how nurses from different backgrounds coped with ‘active service’ in France and Flanders particularly when away from the wards, and tries to represent them as professional women doing the job of work for which they were trained, but definitely not always as ‘angels.’

Suitable for

  • Any age


£12 / £10 concessions. Tea and coffee during the interval.


Redoubt Concert

Waterloo 200

  • 5 September 2015 6:30-9pm

A musical evening to commemorate the bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo (18th June 1815), when Wellington finally defeated Napoleon. It will be an atmospheric evening held in The Redoubt Fortress, which was constructed at the time as part of the defence of Britain against a French invasion.

The presentation will cover the lead up to the conflict, and the Battle itself, and will be an evening of music – to include the 1812 Overture - by the British Legion Little Common Band, narrative (written and narrated by Peter and Christopher Pyemont), poetry and film footage, plus a spectacular finale with fireworks.

The evenings will raise funds for two significant charities: The ABF (The Soldiers Charity) is the Army’s principal welfare charity with her Majesty the Queen as its patron. In times of need, the charity provides financial and practical support to soldiers, former soldiers and their families from both the regular and volunteer reserve forces, irrespective of where or when they served their country. St Wilfrid’s Hospice is this year celebrating thirty years of serving the local community, providing care and support to thousands. Thanks largely to the inspirational generosity and support of the local community, it is able to provide free hospice care to around 1,000 patients every year.

The event will take place at the Redoubt on 5th September. The Outpost Cafe will be open with a fully licensed bar.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


£15 concert only
£30 champagne reception and concert

Redoubt Fortress

Heritage Open Days 2015: Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

  • 10 — 13 September 2015

Originally completed in 1807 during the Napoleonic wars, the impressive Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum has stood guard on the South Coast for over 200 years. It is the most complete fortress of its type in the UK. Visitors can take advantage of free entry on the Heritage Open Days, plus free tours of the building.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.


Fortress Film Festival

Fortress Film Festival

  • 21 — 27 September 2015

The Redoubt is hosting its first ever Fortress Film Festival! Join us for a celebration of movie 'monsters' with a whole week of cult classics, from the 1920s through to the 1980s...

Nosferatu (1922)
Freaks (1932)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Omen (1976)
The Thing (1982)

Each film will be introduced by museum supervisor Lyndsay Knight, giving a brief history of the film and why it was chosen.

The Outpost Cafe will be open for cinema snacks and drinks!

Suitable for

  • Any age


£6 per screening / £35 for all 7 films. Booking in advance essential - email to reserve yours!


Dominiek Dendooven

Redoubt Military History Series: Ethnic Minorities on the Western Front with Dominiek Dendooven

  • 10 October 2015 2-4pm

The First World War is the defining event of the first half of the 20th century and was the beginning of the end of European hegemony in the world. The roots of decolonization and of many national revolutions are to be found in the Great War.

At the front in Flanders and France, inhabitants of more than 60 actual states were present. Apart from the European powers, the United States and the “white” dominions such as Canada and Australia with their many ethnic minorities, France and the United Kingdom brought over hundreds of thousands of soldiers and labourers from their colonies to the western front.

Presented by scientific researcher Dominiek Dendooven from In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, this talk will present an overview of all those who gained war experience in Flanders between 1914 and 1919, what happened to them during and after the war, and what consequences the war had for these ethnic groups, with an emphasis on a intercultural relations.


£12 / £10 concessions. Museum entry included in the ticket price, plus tea and coffee served during the interval.

Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum
Royal Parade
East Sussex
BN22 7AQ




01323 410300

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